In the USA, if a marriage is legally annulled, does the previous record of a "marriage" disappear?

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I know that a woman changed her name to her that of her brief husband, but can find no marriage or annulment documentation.
in The Tree House by Alec MacCall G2G1 (1.2k points)

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The Wikipedia article on Annulment discusses the topic in some detail, but does not answer this specific question. Since this is a legal process, whether secular or canonical, there are documents, and ultimately a decree voiding the marriage or a decree of nullity, thus there is documentation. I could envision that the file is sealed, but this point is not addressed either.

I have occasionally seen in old marriage registers where a record has been crossed out, but without explanation. Could these have been an annulment, or perhaps the marriage was not completed for another reason?
by George Fulton G2G6 Pilot (322k points)
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An annulment can be done by a church process. In that instance, I don't know that the church would notify a town since it is a church process. I have never seen any records with a town that state annulments. The original records for marriage would still exist. .
by Linda Peterson G2G6 Pilot (365k points)
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I was married, got divorced and also the church annulled the marriage and their are records for each. (Australia)
by Marion Poole G2G6 Pilot (970k points)

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